Tuesday, October 13, 2015

US Paradrops Arms And Ammunition To Syrian Rebels

As we reported last week, the USA has capitulated in the face of Russian air and ground strength, and abandoned the ill conceived (there's understatement for you) strategy of funding, training and arming islamic extremist groups in Syria fighters and using them them against the well drilled (by Russian officers) and well armed (with Russian weapons) troops loyal to President Assad. Credit where it is due, the rebels were doing OK, with US, French and British air support, until Russia intervened directly.

The Pentagon’s pledge to recruit 5,400 properly "vetted" anti-ISIS rebels by the end of the year was certain to end in tears. How the world laughed when word got out that only “four or five” of these fighters were actually still around. The rest are allegedly killed or captured, but more likely they took the monay and weapons they were given and went into business fighting as mercenaries for anti - Assad forces paid by the US (vial illegal oil trades), Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

This debacle has cost US taxpayers an estimated (very conservatively) $40 million over the last six months.

Because its latest anti - Assad initiative tirned out such an embarrassment, the Pentagon has come up with a new idea to support Syria’s “freedom fighters” as they fleeing under bombardment by Russian air force jets, planning no doubt to regroup and relaunch the jihad, possibly in Iraq, Afghanistan or somewhere in Africa.

The new plan: "helicopter ammo". No, really. The US is dropping "tons" of ammunition into the middle of the Syrian desert and hoping the “right” people find it.

No, don't titter at the back there, that's Obama and The Pentagon's Plan B.

Here’s how CNN reported it:

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.

C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

And here's a bit more color from a news channel generally considered The Republican Party propaganda department, Fox News:

The ammunition originally was intended for the U.S. military's "train and equip" mission, the official said. But that program was canceled last week.

"So now we are more focused on the 'E' [equip] part of the T&E [train & equip]," said the official, who described equipping Syrian Arabs as the focus of the new strategy against ISIS.

The Defense Department announced Friday that it was overhauling the mission to aid Syrian rebel fighters. After the program fell far short of its goals for recruiting and training Syrian fighters, the DOD said it would focus instead on providing "equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units so that over time they can make a concerted push into territory still controlled by ISIL."

The shift also comes as Russia continues to launch airstrikes in Syria, causing tension with the U.S. amid suspicions Moscow is only trying to prop up Bashar Assad.

Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, confirmed that coalition forces conducted the airdrop on Sunday.

"The aircraft delivery includes small arms ammunition to resupply counter-ISIL ground forces so that they can continue operations against ISIL. All aircraft exited the drop area safely," he said in a statement. All pallets successfully were recovered by friendly forces, a U.S. official said.

Yes, "friendly forces." Who will no doubt be aiming "friendly fire" at Syrian Chistians, Jews, atheists and those unfortunate people who just happen to be the wrong sort of Muslim.

US aircraft just parachuted 50 tons of ammo stacked on pallets into the most dangerous and volatile place on earth with no way of knowing if it falls into the "right" hands, or those of ISIS, the PKK, Al Qaeda, Shi'ite militias or gangsters. (It goes without saying that the term "right" is meaningless there, they're all bastards). Meanwhile, the Russians are dropping bombs on the same extremists who are set to receive and use the guns and ammo Uncle Sam is dropping against Syria's legitimate government.

If it somehow falls into the "wrong hands", and it would not be the first time that happened (see Mosul, and revisit the $500 billion worth of weapons US military advisers "misplaced" in Yemen). This is of course great news for the U.S. military-industrial complex which has supported all the neo Con Obama administration's wars. Such cock ups mean more war, more profit, more promotions. And if it turns out they mean more "terrorist attacks" on U.S. "friends and allies", and perhaps even on U.S. soil, well so long as the gated communities and exclusive suburbs where the elitists live are not attacked, that's go to be good for business too.


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